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Circa 1886 Restaurant

) #7 of 687 Restaurants in Charleston €€€€ American, , Vegetarian Friendly
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The service was wonderful! Our drinks were never empty. Got to taste samples from the chef while we waited for our meal. Antelope was so tender and the peach soufflé was better than desserts I had in Paris. Definitely a 5 star. Beautiful atmosphere and...More

Thank kellimarie89
Reviewed yesterday

Started with a drink in the small but comfortable bar. Brian was friendly and attentive which really started the evening right. We were shortly taken to a room that held a small number of tables. Our server Sarah was outstanding. She was attentive but not...More

Thank barobin2
Reviewed 2 days ago

If for no other reason, I recommend dining here for the experience of being on the property of the Wentworth Mansion. Wow, it is really gorgeous. Be sure to walk through the hotel’s main floor after dinner. The dining room service was really excellent. Charles...More

Thank Jack H
Reviewed 5 days ago

I usually give a restaurant the benefit of the doubt and am a pretty easy grader. However, the service was so poor at Circa 1886 that it was difficult to enjoy the food. Although the atmosphere is charming, and our hopes were high, the experience...More

Thank Holly K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent service in lovely room albeit a bit stuffy. Don't come if you are going to have a lively conversation or might laugh during dinner at some good -- this is a very quiet dining experience. Appetizer and Dessert were excellent and very different --...More

Thank HelenAtlanta
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for sharing feedback about your experience at Circa 1886. While we are pleased to read your compliments to the appetizer and dessert, we are very sorry that your entrée did not exceed your expectations. We pride ourselves in the consistent delivery of the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed beautifully prepared awesome tasting desserts and after dinner drinks. Circa 1886 is very charming and I especially enjoy the entrance walking under the canopy of greenery. An absolute must to visit while spending time in Charleston.

Thank Jill G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Austin was so attentive and was able to provide a substitution on the chef's menu to allow for the antelope. From the balsamic and mozzarella salad to the chantrelle mushroom with foie gras to the sea bass and then the antelope and finally the peach...More

Thank Janine H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a fantastic 5 course tasting menu last night! Because I don't eat beef or pork they were happy to adjust for me. By the time we were done, they had to roll us out the door. Lovely service, no rushing, beautiful presentation and fabulous...More

Thank Candy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Asked Facebook friends to recommend a romantic restaurant in the Charleston area to celebrate our 47th Anniversary. Many recommended Circa 1886 so we made a reservation and it was all good and more! Our waiter, Charles, was professional and extremely charming. We had Lamb Chops...More

Thank CathyB2
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was excellent - perfectly cooked and seasoned from start to finish. The service was great. The staff seems to really enjoy their work. They are attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is intimate and perfect for a date with my husband.More

1  Thank MadgefromCola
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886. It is great to hear that your romantic evening at our restaurant was exactly what you were hoping for. Our staff is comprised of true hospitality professionals and we are thrilled that they were such a...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
does circa 1886 allow dogs
27 April 2017|
Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have an outdoor patio that can certainly accommodate dogs. Unfortunately, the patio is not available during inclement weather, so please call ahead to guarantee availability.
does circa have any gluten free meals
27 April 2017|
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Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We do not have gluten free entrees on our menu, but we are willing to make substitutions to make certain items on our menu gluten free. Please call us at 843-853-7828 and we will make arrangements... More
Bill O
We enjoy a martini (vodka) before dinner - does your bar serve martinis ?
21 April 2017|
Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have a full bar with a wide selection of vodkas and can certainly accommodate requests for martinis. We hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401-1733
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 843-853-7828
  • E-mail
Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to create a menu that is truly unique to the Charleston restaurant scene. Drawing inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Chef Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. This means there is less butter and cream than typically seen on Southern menus. Whole grains are incorporated to dishes and ingredients are used at the peak of flavor. The result is satisfying dishes that retain their bright, bold flavors without the large amounts of fat found in many restaurant dishes. From our Plantation Rice Bread Rolls made in house daily, to the selection of local seafood, to Pastry Chef Lovorn’s incredible desserts, each dinner at Circa 1886 celebrates the region we call home. Let our professional, attentive, experienced and knowledgeable staff guide you through the menu and help select a wine that is a perfect pairing for food and budget.
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